Corbyn is a CREDIBLE threat – Heseltine says Tories are dying out – Express.co.uk

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Former Tory deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine warned Mrs May’s electoral base was declining at a two per cent rate as he urged her to work hard to “restore its electoral fortunes”. 

The europhile, who has hit out at his party’s Brexit stance, said the Labour party pose a real threat. 

He told Sky News: “I find it incredible but I think Mr Corbyn is now a credible candidate for Number 10. The danger is that the Conservatives don’t find a way to argue him out of that position.

“I am as interested in what the Conservatives are going to say as I am in who is going to say it. 

“Theresa May could do the party a service by holding on a little whilst the party comes to a conclusion not just about who, but what.”

Mr Heseltine’s word of warning comes after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered embarrassing losses during the General Election, leaving her party forced to scramble around for a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) because she failed to get a parliament majority. 

Mr Heseltine, former deputy of John Major, warned there isn’t “that much time” to turn it around for Mrs May. 

He said: One thing which is just worth having in mind, and you can’t do anything about it, two per cent of the older part of the electorate die every year – they are 70 per cent Conservative.

“Another two per cent come in at the young end of the electorate – they are about 70 per cent Labour. That’s about two per cent change each year. There isn’t that much time.”

Lord Heseltine called for a new leader to come into office to give the party a chance to persuade the electorate. 

He added: “It must be a matter of months before we have a new leader and a redefined policy in order to give us the chance to persuade an electorate that they want to support us.”